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Baltimore Sinkhole Swallows Cars, Forces Residents From Homes

Image: Baltimore Sinkhole Swallows Cars, Forces Residents From Homes Cars sit on the edge of a sinkhole in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore, Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Thursday, 01 May 2014 06:12 AM

By Newsmax Wires

Several cars were sucked into a block-long sinkhole that opened up in a residential neighborhood in northeast Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon and residents in a block of rowhouses were forced to evacuate.

The fire department tweeted on its official Twitter account that a sinkhole opened up in the first block of 26th Street. The sinkhole opened next to railroad tracks used by CSX.

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A building inspector was called in to check the block of rowhouses that was evacuated. The fire department said no injuries had been reported.

A fire department tweet says CSX has suspended rail traffic.

According to one witness, the site looks like a landslide happened.

Sinkholes are generally caused by erosion, specifically the gradual removal of slightly soluble bedrock by water.
Rain has drenched central Maryland for more than 24 hours.

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